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Houston Domestic Violence Protective Orders

According to the National Domestic Violence Help Line1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.” Victims of family violence in Texas can obtain a protective order as an immediate remedy to protect her from the perpetrator. Sure, it’s true that a protective order is just a piece of paper, it is not a magical force field that surrounds you with an impenetrable bubble of protection every waking moment, so you must always remain alert and aware of your surroundings and take precautions to ensure your safety. However, a protective order does have teeth, thanks to the criminal consequences attached to the violations of the order. 

 

Protective Order Attorneys in Houston, TX

It is also important to understand a protective order is not the same as a restraining order, which is a non-criminally enforceable temporary restraining order or injunctions filed with a petition for divorce or suit affecting the parent child relationship that provides boilerplate language containing a list of prohibited conduct. Restraining orders are often mutual, meaning they frequently apply to both parties, whereas a protective order is a tool used to protect a victim of family violence from her perpetrator. Though the list of prohibitions in a restraining order often includes threats and harassment, violations of a restraining order are not criminal offenses and enforcement requires filing a motion for enforcement or contempt and returning to court.

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